(5/23/2009)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (22 Total):
1. Lyoto Machida - 94.5
2. Drew McFedries - 92.9
3. Matt Hughes - 92.3
4. Matt Serra - 92.2
5. Kyle Bradley - 91.5
6. Brock Larson - 91.2
7. Krzysztof Soszynski - 91.2
8. Yoshiyuki Yoshida - 90.6
9. Frankie Edgar - 90.5
10. Tim Hague - 90.2
UFC 98: Evans vs. Machida
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Elevation: 2,001'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Matt Hughes vs. Matt Serra
93.2
Fighters & Matches 89.7
Top 10 Fighters 91.7
TOTAL 90.7
87.7
Decision
(Split)
15:00
     During the first 2 rounds, I thought I was giving the fight to Kaplan (more in the 2nd than the 1st), and the 3rd round easily went to Roop. Kaplan had better wrestling, Roop had better striking. It all came down to the end of the fight, and Roop had more fire in him, so he walked away with the split-decision victory. In my opinion, neither one of these guys should fight in the UFC again.
88.2
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
2:24
      This was a pretty quick, basic fight. They started out standing, grappled against the cage for a minute or so, Yoshida went for a guillotine choke, and was able to roll Wolff onto the ground, once they were down, Yoshida got the full mount (while maintaining the guillotine), and eventually, Wolff was forced to tap (multiple times).
89.2
KO
(Punches)
3:17
      I was looking forward to this fight, and was excited to see them put it on the PPV since it was actually on the undercard before the event started. I've been a huge fan of Krzysztof Soszynski as a human being ever since seeing him on the Ultimate Fighter, so I'm glad that he won this fight. Not only did he win, but he knocked Gusmao the FUCK out in the first round. GREAT KO victory by Soszynski. That's his second win in the past 5 weeks? That's solid!!!
88.6
TKO
(Punches)
1:03
      Well, this fight was fucked up. They started out swinging, Kyle Bradley grabbed Nover & THREW him to the ground, and then proceeded to throw huge punches at Nover's face. Nover went limp for a second, the referee stopped the fight, Nover jumped up ready to fight, everybody started booing because it was clearly a bad stoppage, and Kyle Bradley wins via TKO.
89.0
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
1:42
      Wow, that was kind of shocking. Patrick Barry beat the living shit out of Tim Hague during the opening minute or so, with some huge punches & kicks. All of the sudden, Hague took Barry to the ground, locked on the guillotine choke, and forced Barry to submit. I thought Hague was out, so how did he win this fight!?!
89.8
Submission
(Triangle-Arm Choke)
3:06
      Brock Larson is a beast. This fight started with Larson taking Pyle to the ground, driving through him like a truck. Once they were on the ground, Pyle went for about 40 submission attempts, but eventually Larson gained the top position and locked on the arm triangle choke for the submission victory about halfway through the first round.
88.7
Decision
15:00
      I was really looking forward to this fight, since Sean Sherk is one of my favorite lightweight fighters, but his lack of effort was pretty disappointing. In the end, I don't even know what happened during the first or second round, since it basically just looked like "random boxing" to me. The third round was slightly more interesting because Sean Sherk finally secure a takedown, but at the end of the round, he tried to secure another takedown and walked right into a guillotine choke. Luckily, he was saved by the bell, but in the end, Frankie Edgar wins via unanimous decision.
88.3
Decision
15:00
      This fight almost seemed exciting at the start, when Sonnen took Miller to the ground, and Miller locked on the guillotine choke. The problem is, Sonnen escaped and then spent the rest of the fight on top of Miller, pounding on him with "average" quality strikes. In the end, Chael Sonnen won via unanimous decision.
91.5
TKO
(Punches)
0:37
      Well then! Finally we got a good fight on the card! Well, not really much of a fight, but a pretty solid 37 second ass kicking. Drew McFedries punched Xavier, and then punched him again, and then chased him around while punching & punching, until the referee finally stopped the fight. Xavier protested the stoppage, but it was clear that he was getting his ass kicked. Great show by Drew McFedries.
93.2
Decision
15:00
      ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME!?! This was a brilliant fight, all the way until the end, where they gave the wrong decision victory to Matt Hughes. It was a close fight, but I gave the fight 29-28 to Matt Serra. Serra knocked Hughes almost unconscious in the first round, and then beat him around for a little while. The second round went to Hughes for taking Serra to the ground & controlling him. I gave the third round to Serra because of the big slam at the end of the round, as well as finishing the round with a kimura. Matt Serra really showed some good stuff out there, but I do feel he would fair better at 155. Hats off to Matt Hughes though, because he fought better than I expected.
92.1
KO
(Punches)
8:57
      After the UFC tried to keep Machida away from a title shot for what seemed like forever, he finally got his title shot against Rashad Evans, and COMPLETELY DESTROYED HIM. Lyoto Machida is fucking nuts. The first round was kind of boring, but when Machida attacked, it was excellent. The second round was all action, with Machida dispatching of Evans quickly with some brutal punch combinations that knocked Evans completely unconscious. Congratulations to Lyoto Machida for the excellent win & on becoming the new Light-Heavyweight Champion.
OVERALL 90.7
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